Hotel and Restaurant Bahagia belongs - of course - to the same owner as Hotel Bahagia Dua. It is his first hotel, located centrally in Soe, whereas Bahagia Dua lies on the western town border.
When we had a look around they were renovating and that's why only three rooms were available for guests. Rates Rp 90,000 for a one-bed room, Rp 130,000 for a room with two beds, and Rp 160,000 for one with three (July 2009).
Maybe within half a year it may be worth while to check out what they have built at the back.
We did not have a look in the rooms, but from the outside Hotel Cahaya TTS seems a better choice for those on a budget than neighbouring Hotel Anda. There are 40 rooms, prices start at Rp 50,000 (July 2009).
Across the road is the modest rumah makan Arlin.
At Hotel Anda you get a bed (not a room) for Rp 25,000 a night. The hotel has seen better days. The original owner, the late mr Yohanes had an artistic streak and built units in the shape of ships. His daughter Yeti, who now runs the place has demolished these but not yet added new rooms.
Have a look at neighbouring Hotel Cahaya TTS before you decide to stay here.
There is a modest resto, rumah makan Arlin, across the street.
We did not stay here because we discovered hotel Gajah Mada too late. Newly opened in April 2009 and still building. But we had a look around and would have preferred it over hotel Bahagia Dua. Room prices range from Rp 150,000 to Rp 300,000 all-in, depending on whether you want AC and hot water.
Resto Amertha Boga is close by, and so is the office of Timor Tour Travel & Cargo who run a daily service from Dili to Kupang v.v. via Soe.
HP receptionist Henny: +62.852.3966 6377
Not more expensive than Bahagia Dua, but more spacious, closer to the town centre and with a fine view from the rooms at the back.
In July 2009 we stayed in cottage Anggrek of Hotel Bahagia Dua, before we had discovered new Hotel Gajah Mada. Bahagia Dua is were government officials use to stay and until recently was the best in Soe, although still modest by international standards.
There is a range of rooms and a few cottages priced from Rp 160,000 to Rp 475,000 (add 10% tax, March 2009), all new and clean. Recently the hotel even acquired an internet service, for which they charge Rp 15,000 per hour. (There is cheaper internet available in Soe, see Shopping Tips.)
The hotel is located on the western border of town, which means you have to take an ojeg or angkot at Rp 2,000 a ride for the two km to the centre, where you find the banks, the market, the telecommunications office and the tourist information office.
However, there is a well-stocked supermarket on the opposite corner from the hotel and a restaurant - Depot Joy - across the road offering more generous portions than the hotel restaurant for similar prices.
Nope's Royal Homestay consists of one cottage in the yard of mr Pae Nope. It is royal because mr Nope is a brother of the Raja Amanuban, the king of one of the three main tribes of South Central Timor regency. But nowadays royalty has to earn their living like everyone else, and mr Nope earns his living partly by acting as tour leader throughout West Timor (see transportation tip). Of course he is very knowledgeable of West Timorese society and tourist attractions.
The rent of the cottage is just Rp 100,000 for a night, American breakfast for two included.
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